Windows 10 desktop on the Raspberry Pi: NComputing unveils $99 RX300 Computer
Official introduction: https://www.ncomputing.com/en/products/rxseries
The RX300 thin client is going to be for sale to firms from the end of this month.
A thin client is a handy desktop PC that is purpose-built for remoting into a server (generally cloud or desktop virtualization environments). It depends greatly upon yet another computer (its server) to fulfill its computational jobs. This is unlike a traditional desktop PC (fat client), which is a computer designed to tackle these tasks on its own. The specific roles assumed by the server can vary greatly, from hosting a shared group of virtualized applications, a shared desktop stack or virtual desktop, to data processing and file storage on the client’s or user’s behalf.
NComputing has presented a Windows OS thin client built upon the $35, visa card-sized Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.
The RX300 thin client brings use of a number of Windows desktops, like Windows 10, which are streamed from a central machine by NComputing’s vSpace Pro 10 desktop virtualization software.
The software allows firms to provision a centrally managed Windows desktop to hundreds of RX300 clients.
NComputing claims its vCAST streaming technology enables full-screen replay of 1080p full HD local or web-based video on the clients, without the need for the central servers to possess a dedicated GPU. Still, registration to this vCast technology is only bundled for six months after buying the RX300.
Each thin client has 4 USB v 2.0 ports, with full USB re-direction and server-end device drivers to deliver support for a wide array of add-ons.
The $99 RX300, which is aimed towards educational facilities and SMBs, can be run as a thin client to access a virtual Windows desktop or as a local Raspberry Pi Computer, running the Pi’s official Linux-based Raspbian Operating system.
NComputing claims the thin clients are meant to be easy to set up and receive updates from vSpace Pro 10 servers robotically.
Young Song, NComputing CEO, explained he made a decision to base the client around the Raspberry Pi 3 mainly because of the board’s affordability and transferability.
Every single RX300 comes along with a free 12 months connection license to vSpace Pro 10, with each subsequent year charging $49 a user.
NComputing’s vSpace Pro 10 can easily stream a Windows desktop to one single client from Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 or even Windows Server. To stream a desktop to several clients, vSpace Pro 10 must be running on Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2 U1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Multipoint Server 2011 or Windows Multipoint Server 2012-the company should also invest in the proper Microsoft client access licenses.
The NComputing RX300 series is going to be available for purchase worldwide in late February thru shops.
The RX300 isn’t the first thin client to be launched founded on the best-selling Raspberry Pi. Last year Citrix and ViewSonic released the $119.99 SC-T25 Raspberry Pi 3 Thin Client.
RX300 Capabilities Datasheet